Why this programme?
The brain is a challenging topic to explore if you want to understand behaviour. Yet, the complexity of its myriad of neurons, dozens of biochemical messengers and infinite neuronal interconnections attract many researchers to this highly challenging field.
The Neuropsychology specialisation offers an integrated curriculum that includes most aspects of basic and applied neuroscience. Under the guidance of a multidisciplinary team of mainly psychologists , psychiatrists and psychopharmacologists as well as biologists, you will learn to use state-of-the art clinical and neuroimaging techniques (like EEG and fMRI) and behavioural laboratory facilities.
From November of the second year, you will devote your time to the preparation and execution of your research internship and master’s thesis. You will conduct your own research project (very often as part of a larger ongoing study), including the writing of a proposal, acquiring and analysing the data. The work is reported in a master’s thesis, written in the style of a scientific journal article. Given the strong multidisciplinary research infrastructure here in Maastricht as well as extensive international networks, you will have ample opportunities for internships related to any aspect of Neuropsychology, either locally or at other top universities throughout the world. We will help you find a topic and location that best fit your own interests and career goals. Curious about the kinds of projects students have conducted? You can find a list of research topics at the bottom of the page.
If you specialise in Neuropsychology, you may also choose to conduct an optional clinical internship in an approved setting, for at least 13 weeks. This can be done in conjunction with the required research internship or separately. Based on client/patient-based investigations you perform during the clinical internship, you will submit an additional, brief research report: the minor thesis. The length of the research internship and associated credits will be adjusted accordingly, so that you can complete both internships within the 2-year timeframe of the curriculum.
Studying in Maastricht has been a fantastic experience and has exceeded my expectations! This programme has given me so much; not only on an academic level but also on a personal level. Yes it involves hard work and commitment and there will be struggles at times, but in the end the rewards are much greater. I think I can say on behalf of all my colleagues, that with all the ups and downs, the research master is a challenging and nourishing experience which has offered me so much.
Rebecca Camilleri, Malta